Information for New Families

How to Become a Member of Pack 384

We would be excited to have your son as a new member of our pack! 

Begin your application here!  https://my.bsa.us/227paa0384mb

If you prefer to fill out a paper application and bring it with your payment to a pack meeting, it can be downloaded here:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/524-406_fillable.pdf

If you have any questions, please call or email:
Tel: 617-744-9384
email: scouts384@gmail.com


Cost of the Cub Scouting Program

We run the program asking for annual dues of $125. The dues cover the price of:
  • Most of the Awards earned by the scouts throughout the year 
  • Pack-related materials 
  • Liability insurance while at pack/den events 
  • Scout registration with the council 
  • Adult registration with the council 
  • Annual council fees 
  • Spirit of Adventure Council ”Adventure Card” 
Please make your check payable to: BSA Pack 384

Additional costs are uniforms, some den activities, trips that require entrance fees, and district-wide events. These are collected separately as not all boys attend the extra programs. Certain events are open to siblings, and we may ask a nominal contribution to offset the costs for these siblings.


Parental Involvement (Time!)

The pack operates with the help of all the parents. We are asking parents to volunteer for position in the Pack, lead a Den, or help out organizing one or more events. The time commitment is usually a minimum of 1 pack meeting per month and 1 den meeting per month, though can be more based on your level of involvement and participation with events and field trips.

Aims of the Cub Scouting Program

This is a school year family program designed for boys and girls in grades 1 through 5. (If we have enough girls interested in joining, we will certainly start a girls' den too!)

Parents, leaders, and organizations work together to help Cub Scouts build character and learn life-long skills. The Cub Scout advancement program provides fun and challenging activities, giving kids a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, while strengthening family as adult family members work with the kids on their advancement projects.

Cub Scouting Fun Facts

  • The Boy Scout Program was founded in 1910 by Robert Bayden-Powell who served in the British Army from 1876-1910. 
  • 181 NASA astronauts were involved in Scouting (57.4% of astronauts), 39 achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. 
  • Of the 12 men who would eventually walk on the moon, 11 were former Scouts. 
  • Boy Scouts need to perform over 200 hours of community serve to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. 
  • A project for Cub Scouts and their parents, pinewood derby cars made since 1954 could form a line stretching from Los Angeles to the island of Tahiti in the Polynesian Islands—a total of more than 5,500 miles. 
  • Some dads in Pack 384 were scouts. They still have their Pinewood Derby cars! 
  • Today’s scouting program is in 190 independent countries around the world. 
  • More than 17 million hours were logged by youth members participating in service projects in 2013.­­­ 
  • The Cub Scout sign (the index and middle fingers extended in a V shape) symbolizes the ears of an alert wolf.

About Pack 384

Pack 384 has boys from the Wellington and Butler schools, but also from other Belmont schools and surrounding towns.

We are chartered by the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church, though our pack is not affiliated with any specific church or religion. Our pack is open to all families without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or economic status. We do offer economic assistance for families that can’t meet the annual dues level ($115).

Pack and Dens  In Cub Scouting terminology, a Pack consists of kids in grades 1 - 5. The pack is further divided into Dens for each age group (usually each den has about 6-12 kids):

Tigers are 1st graders
Wolves are 2nd graders
Bears are 3rd graders
Webelos are 4th and 5th graders 

Our Program  Our activities will start in September 2018, but your early registration will ensure participation.

We meet at the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church, once a month on Monday nights 7:00pm to 8:00pm. The meetings include opening ceremony, recognition awards and a pack activity. For space and planning reasons, some of our events may be outside or at different venues.

The pack also offers extra activities which include:
  • day hikes, camping trips 
  • a winter night sleep-over at the Plimouth Plantation 
  • a camp out at Camp Sayre in Milton, MA 
  • a sleepover on a battleship at Battleship Cove 
  • Community service (eg., fall leaf clean up at Habitat) 
  • Any other fun and challenging activities we can come up with! 
Note that any cub scout must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during a sleep-over.

Our first activity for 2018-2019 will be a joint event hosted by Pack 377, building and launching Soda Bottle Rockets. This event is open to all families, including siblings. It is an ideal way to get to know Cub Scouting and Packs 377 and 384. Send us a quick message and we will add you to our mailing list. Prepare to get wet!
Date: September 9, 2018, 2-4 PM, at the field behind Chenery Middle School.

Cub Scout Uniform Information

The Cub Scout uniform should be worn to all den and pack meetings and can be purchased at scout stores in Woburn or Milton, or at http://www.scoutstuff.org.

Boy Scout Shop (Woburn)
600 West Cummings Park
Suite 1250
Woburn MA 01801
Tel: (781) 937-4282

Boy Scout Shop (Milton)
411 Unquity Rd
Milton MA 02186
Tel: (617) 615-0004

Please purchase the following items for the uniform. Scout shop personnel will be able to assist you with your selection:

1. Blue Uniform Short Sleeved Shirt –In the winter, the boys wear a long shirt underneath. It is worn for grades 1-4, so allow him to grow into it! Webelos may buy a tan colored shirt instead.

2. Neckerchief and accompanying slide (changes annually based on rank)

3. Scout Cap (changes annually based on rank)

4. Spirit of Adventure Council Shoulder Patch

5. Pack Numbers 384

6. Den Number Patch (to be assigned at the first pack meeting)

7. BSA Fleur-de-lis world crest emblem

8. Scout Belt (this is designed to hold the adventure loop awards the boys receive)

9. Cub Scout Handbook for your den level

OPTIONAL:

10. Official pants. Any blue pants (long or shorts) with belt loops are acceptable. Many boys simply wear jeans or shorts in the summer. No sweat pants, please.

11. A Sheet of Badge Magic (to affix patches to scout shirt). Alternatively, the Woburn Scout Shop offers in-shop Sewing Service. As of summer 2015, the price for sewing the standard patches on a uniform shirt is $15.

As boys advance through the ranks, the pack will award them rank patches to wear on their shirts. These are the only items that should be attached to the shirt. Other extra activity patches should be attached to a scout vest, or may be attached to the back of the uniform shirt (if desired).

If you have any questions, please call or email: 
Tel: 617-744-9384 
email: scouts384@gmail.com 

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